Senior Alyssa Matesic is co-editor-in-chief and featured columnist of the Wildcat Tales. Though writing is her ultimate passion, she is also a mediocre pianist and amateur photographer. When not engrossed in work behind her computer desk, she is often researching the Titanic, consuming whole boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese or reading the works of Edgar Allan Poe. She hopes that her words, this year and beyond, will somehow make an impact.
Senior JP Salazar is the co-editor-in-chief of the Wildcat Tales. He enjoys interviewing students and getting to learn about the different sides to Plano. He values traditions and would like to build upon what last year’s editors left behind. JP likes to learn about music theory, as a fan of classical singers like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. When he’s not doing anything productive, he can be found at Yogurt Tea or consuming pancakes smothered with peanut butter and jelly.
This is Kimberly’s second year on staff. As copy editor, she wants to explore writing even further and learn about the world through others’ stories. She would not necessarily call herself a grammar freak. However, she is a freak for music, watercolors and pugs. Her vice is eating Starbursts, so she runs to stay fit. She will probably be a pharmacist, unless she fails Organic Chemistry.
Senior Kathleen Shaffer brings enthusiasm and dedication to the Wildcat Tales as the business manager. She hopes she will encourage other staff members to help create a publication that excites and entices readers. She enjoys working with children, which has helped her have an optimistic outlook on life and be more compassionate. In the future she wants to be in a career orientated around helping people, but she is still learning about herself and who she would like to be.
Shezal Padani is entering her second year on staff and is now the Layout Editor. Shezal enjoys writing and believes that every person has a unique story that makes them who they are. Outside of newspaper, she loves reading books by Dan Brown and J.K. Rowling who are some of her favorite authors. Most of the time, Shezal can be found cuddling up with a good book, watching Friends or laughing and having a good time.
This is Cristina’s second year in Newspaper. She enjoys writing and getting to know people’s stories. She thinks everybody has something interesting to say. This year, she is the photo and graphic editor of the newspaper. She loves designing, editing and taking pictures. She aspires to be a successful Graphic designer, Journalist and Stylist. Whenever she is not writing or working with a computer, she loves to dance, work, meet new people and, of course, travel. Cristina is very excited for her senior year and hopes to make the best of it, for herself and for you, the readers.
Jessica Allman is a second year staff member of the Wildcat Tales. Her primary focus is on photography, and she hopes to bring a more visual aspect to the paper while growing as a photographer. Jessica hopes to major in broadcast journalism and eventually become a news reporter.
Senior Maddie Patton is a second year staff writer of the Wildcat Tales. She enjoys writing about different things, but sports is her favorite topic to write about. You can find her work primarily in the sports section. When she is not doing homework, she is on the ice as a competitive figure skater. She loves to entertain people, whether it is on the ice or through her writing. She hopes for the readers to like and find joy within her stories.
Junior Laura Jones is a staff writer on the Wildcat Tales. She enjoys spending time with friends and reading. She hopes to one day have a career in journalism. She hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin when she graduates in 2014. She loves to decorate and draw. She hopes to bring a voice to the students and staff of Plano Senior High School.
Myiah Jones is finishing her last year of high school. After graduation, she plans on spending the summer in another country. Myiah feels that it is important to experience or try something new; she believes the best part about writing is being able to experience or try something new. In her opinion the best part of writing is being able to see how her thoughts and feelings relate to other’s. Myiah’s dream job is to be a news reporter.
Joesph Diller is a junior at Plano Senior High School. He has had a passion for writing since he was young, storming up stories in his elementary school classes. He enjoys newspaper because he can use what he gets from others for inspiration to use in his writing. He aspires to be a journalist one day and write stories about international news.
Tehreem Shahab is a junior at Plano Senior High. She has beena a part of the newspaper staff in Virginia, where she moved from, and was also offered the post of Editorial Page Editor. She is originally from Pakistan where she moved from in 2011. She really misses her friends, but she is eager to make new ones here. She wants to be a broadcast journalist, write at least one book in her lifetime and she would love to see a movie made out of it. Her inspiration is J.K. Rowling, and she has been a fan of her books since she was ten. Besides her interest in reading, she loves to swim and has dreamed of being an Olympic swimmer. She also enjoys volleyball, fishing and camping.
Junior Brooke Combs is a first year staff member. She not only loves to write for the Wildcat Tales but also for her own personal blog. Brooke has an odd obsession with hockey and claims that it is the best sport to watch. She is in her third year of the wonder college prep program, AVID. Brooke is preparing herself for an unforgettable year at Plano Senior High School.
Junior Alexandria Oguntula is a writer for the Wildcat Tales. She is new to newspaper but hopes that her writing skills will be enhanced by the experience. Her main focus, aside from writing, is psychology. She loves going to plays, cooking and reading just about anything. She hopes to become a lawyer and move to Ireland, from there she wants to travel all over the world and soak in every culture she can. She wants her stories to make a difference to at least one person.
Junior Lexi Sendejas is a member of the Wildcat Tales and loves it. She enjoys the atmosphere and the opportunities the paper has provided her. Lexi hopes to continue working on the paper and hopes to always be involved with reporting news stories. When Lexi isn’t busy typing stories, she enjoys dancing and shopping.
Junior Leslie Parker is a staff writer for the Wildcat Tales. She has loved to write since a very young age. As a kid, Leslie use to go door to door selling her own “novel” made on construction paper with Crayola crayons for a quarter per book. She has since continued to write, her own personal style developing as she has grown. Leslie hopes to pursue this passion as a career one day. She loves watching old TV shows, cooking new desserts, never-ending Harry Potter marathons and Sundays with family. Leslie is looking forward to seeing her words published in print for the first time. She hopes that whatever she writes makes people think twice.
Alexis Harris is a junior staff member. She is also a member of the Planoettes and hopes to continue participating in theatre at Plano during the spring. Although she would like to become a television scriptwriter, her first love is journalism. This year, she hopes to use her love of entertainment to contribute to the Wildcat Tales.
Junior Priyanka Hardika is looking forward to entering the world of writing. As the days pass, her love for art intensifies, along with her newly unearthed interest in playing the piano and aspiration to learn how to dance. Though unsure of her career plans, she sees traveling the world as an ambition and certainly in her future.
Junior Kaitlin Humphrey is a first year staff writer for the Wildcat Tales. Although writing has always been her first and foremost passion, she can often be caught playing with her overzealous dog, Gracie, hanging out with her friends and family or listening to One Direction. Through writing, she hopes to make an impact in the world whether it is major or minor.
Senior Kaitlin Fischer is a first year member of the Wildcat Tales. When at home, Fischer enjoys the company of her two cats and reading from either a book or her adored Kindle. After her life at Plano Senior High, Fischer plans to attend college, major in journalism and hopefully travel the world. She is very excited for this year and looks forward to both writing and reading future stories that come out of the Wildcat Tales.
Junior Rachel Chen is a new member of the Wildcat Tales. She is not quite sure what she wants to do with her life, but one day she hopes to travel the world, win a Pulitzer Prize or become the next Gordon Ramsay. Until then, she enjoys reading fiction from the 1800s, journalism and watching documentaries on PBS. This year she hopes to write intriguing stories that will allow people to relate and ultimately understand each other better.